Muscat Diving Holidays: An Overview

Oman has some excellent and - relatively - unspoilt diving along long stretches of its coastline, and there are sure to be new dive sites discovered in the coming years.

Neill and Louisa are here to help give you the inside track.

Why we think you’ll love it

  • The Daymaniyat Islands, in easy reach in a day from Muscat, are the jewel in the crown of Omani diving.
  • Stunning hotels like the Chedi, Al Bustan and the Shangri-La cater to many different tastes.
  • Combine some diving with a couple of night in the desert and mountains at a luxury private camp to experience another side of Oman.

Our Guide to Muscat Diving Holidays

Oman offers a genuine alternative to the often overcrowded waters of the Red Sea and is just as easily accessible. The visibility may not be as good but the fish life and the fact that there is no-one for miles around more than makes up for it. There are several top quality hotels and if you if you want something really special, what about joining one of our private, tailor-made desert and diving safari.

From Muscat, the best diving is around the Damaniyat Islands, just to the west of the capital. The islands are uninhabited, with a bird sanctuary and sea waters surrounding the islands, they are rich in sea life ranging from dolphins to turtles.


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  • Average Temp. — 21°C / 69°F
  • Rainfall — 2cm / 1.0 inches
  • Water Temp. — 24°C / 75°F
Flight from London

7:00 hrs

Time Difference

GMT +4 hrs


Top picks for Muscat

Pool at Shangiri- la Barr al Jissah, luxury hotel in Muscat, Oman

Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah

Muscat

Situated on a dramatic stretch of coastline just outside Muscat, the three hotels comprising the Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa, are set amid 124 acres overlooking a private bay, with rugged mountains to the rear.

Where to stay

Our second holiday with Original Travel and once again you came up trumps.

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